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Downed Power Line In San Mateo Disrupts Caltrain For Hours

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Passengers were escorted off a Caltrain in San Mateo after a power line went down on the tracks on November 20, 2013. (CBS)

Passengers were escorted off a Caltrain in San Mateo after a power line went down on the tracks on November 20, 2013. (CBS)

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SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — Caltrain service is resuming its normal schedule hours after a downed power line in the San Mateo area disrupted Caltrain service on the Peninsula Wednesday night, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.

The line fell near the Hayward Park station, and trains were unable to operate between the Hayward Park and San Mateo stations, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said around 6:10 p.m.

SamTrans buses serve Caltrain stations in San Mateo County and help provide bus bridges to accommodate stranded commuters, Dunn said.

The downed line caused significant power outages in the city of San Mateo, as well as knocking out traffic lights and disrupting traffic, San Mateo County officials said.

The power line was removed around 10 p.m. and Caltrain service was resuming at normally scheduled times, Dunn said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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